Last week I felt like my heart was going to leap out of my chest. My anxiety was through the roof and my brain keep circling around toxic thoughts. I began to research solutions to breaking obsessive thought patterns and came across a ton of meditational and motivational videos that really helped get me through some of the worst moments of it.
But then something amazing happened. My friend messaged me one morning, out of the blue, just to check up on me. I hadn’t told her what I was going through yet and it really got me thinking about the power of energy. Does the energy we put out really affect others? Did she sense I needed support in that moment? The part where this gets really interesting is that my friend is a reiki master.
Reiki “is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It… is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.”
I knew that my friend offered reiki healing, but I had never thought to ask for a healing session before. However, when she messaged me that morning, the gears in my head finally started turning. I asked for a session and she suggested that we try a distance healing. I scratched my head again, I could wrap my brain around energy being cleansed and exchanged while being close to a healer, but is our energy really that powerful that it can be affected over large distances?
Within the practice of reiki, there are five symbols the practitioners are trained to use “and each one corresponds to a specific energy (power, harmony, distance, mastery, and completion)…The symbols can also help people provide reiki over long distances or send healing energy wherever it may be needed in the world.”
So as we began our distance session, I closed my eyes and began to meditate. I felt my anxiety ease and pressure lift from my head. My brain had quite a few weird visuals, but also some really insightful ones. Twenty-six minutes later I received a message from her asking how I felt and if I experienced anything. She began to describe what she saw during the healing session, and interestingly enough we had very similar visuals.
She then began to describe what she felt I was suffering with emotionally, and the insight that she had gained during the session. She described a lot of “darkness” coming out of me. Which I learned to be fear and worry. Something I’ve of course been doing a lot of lately—and if I’m truthful, for as long as I can remember.
I went to sleep with the intent to have clarity the next morning, and upon waking, meditated to think about what she had said and what I had seen. I had gone into the session with an open mind, with the belief that I could receive this healing and with the intent to learn something from it.
Although reiki still has many skeptics, as it seems more spiritually experienced than scientifically based—just as I discussed in this article regarding the healing power of crystals—the level of healing experienced by the patient is completely up to them. Simply not willing to receive healing, or the lack of belief in the healing power of whatever practice it is you are undergoing, will block the level of healing you receive.
There is a ton of truth in the insight I received from my friend after our session. Things about myself that I hadn’t told her, things that are gigantic fears in my life. To hear that someone else was aware of my biggest fears was extremely hard for me. However, it was a reflection that was necessary for my healing. For it is through reflection that we can face our fears. And whether or not you are a believer of the effectiveness of distance reiki, I truly believe that my distance session was extremely healing and beneficial because of that, if nothing else.
I believe in the power of energy. I’ve also been reading and watching a lot of content regarding the law of attraction. And interestingly enough have come across several people who share the same beliefs regarding the power of energy and the concept that “like attracts like.” I’m really excited that this new way of thinking has been revealed to me and so thankful to my friend for her help in this process.
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